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Candidate:

Mr. International Banker

About Me:

Originally from Brazil, but have lived most of my life abroad: born in Switzerland, lived in Uruguay, Brazil and US before moving to the UK 12 years ago, as a result I’m Fluent in 4 languages and have traveled to over 30 countries in my life. I got my bachelors in Economics at the LSE before joining Goldman Sachs in the markets division.

Details:

Undergrad School: London School of Economics

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 3.4

GMAT: 700

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Student Mentor - Make Things Possible Academy

Work History:

Title: Associate

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 5 yrs, 1 mos

Big Life Wins:

# 1 – Major revenue increase with flagship Macro Hedge Fund client for GS : achieved 150% revenue growth over 2 years (vs 80% average among peers).
# 2 – Piloted cross-team effor to develop a new analytical fixed income tool, earning high praise from hedge fund franchise and used on a daily basis by our client base.

Post MBA Goal:

Short term : transition into M&A side of the business by join an advisory firm (either bulge bracket or boutique) – with a focus on Emerging Markets/ LATAM .
Medium/Long-Term: Join Emerging Markets focused private equity firm

Schools:

Target School: Chicago Booth

Status: Open

Considering: Columbia

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 18%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Damn. I wish your GMAT was higher. You are really a terrific MBA candidate, given your vast international experience, your LSE degree and your stint at Goldman Sachs where you have clearly racked up some big wins. But as you know, Stanford is really tough. The school rejects more than 93% of all its applicants. The average class GMAT score there is a mind-blowing 734, a full 34 points above your score. Your 3.4 GPA is under the latest class average of 3.7. I have no doubt that you can walk into INSEAD. And despite your below-average numbers for Stanford, I think that your positives–namely your LSE degree, your Goldman experience, and your accomplishments–will lead the GSB to take a very hard look at you. …

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  • Gatehouse Admissions | Odds Assessment: 15%

    My immediate reaction: go take that GMAT again! You’ve got time on your side – get that score up (or giving the GRE a go) before you run the risk of jeopardizing the rest of your application. Your goal is to shore up every aspect of your application, and this is (somewhat) under your control. Sounds like you’ve accrued some impressive wins in your career – which is great to see, and your international perspective will be welcome in the classroom. Plus, I like that you’re applying with several years of experience under your belt – it has likely given you more time to develop as a leader. But you should still give them a higher GMAT to make it as …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Bom dia/Guten Tag (Bonjour?)/Hola Mr. International Banker! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here.

    How very international you are! What a smorgasbord! I find that b-schools love Global Citizens like you so play that up in your applications. You add a very diverse perspective to the classroom.

    If GSB is your dream, I agree with Mr. Byrne…get that GMAT up up up. Purchase the enhanced score report from GMAC, see where your weaknesses are, and use the time between now and July when applications open to try again. (And possibly again.) But understand that GSB is tougher than tough and there is no shortage of banking candidates, unfortunately.

    INSEAD is obviously a great choice but given that they skew older, this could go in a couple of different ways. …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 29%

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    Good candidate but not for Stanford GSB. Does not have the numbers or some other must-have attribute.
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  • 25% | 1 year ago

    I don't give you high odds at GSB but that is because no one has great odds at Stanford. I need to know more about who you are and how that translates to your post MBA goal (which I like, by the way). Nearly 5 years at a Fortune 500 bank looks good but I'm not an expert. Ugrad school looks great. I think your chances are high at INSEAD and that seems like a great fit with your international background. Either way, get help from a consultant to work on your story and the best way to tell it.

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